Founded in 1975, Orion has a stellar reputation for providing high end telescopes, and the Orion 8945 SkyQuest XT8 telescope is a model which continues the tradition of offering excellent telescope with many features and benefits for the price.
The Orion 8945 SkyQuest XT8 is a reflector style telescope that is what you might call a happy medium in terms of its size. It’s larger than its sister model the XT6, which doesn’t provide a very large viewing field and has limited clarity as a result. On the other hand, it’s more compact and portable than the X10, making it a convenient option for taking with you for stargazing beyond your backyard. Overall, the telescope weighs about 40 pounds, which is a moderate weight compared to similarly priced and sized telescopes on the market.
One of the most appealing features of the Orion 8945 SkyQuest XT8 Telescope is the fact that it is straightforward and easy to use. Even those who are only just beginning to study the night sky will have an easy time using it, and children can easily utilize the telescope alongside Mom or Dad. At the same time, the optics are sure to suit the demands of more experienced astronomy enthusiasts. At a price of between $300 to $400, the telescope is economical when its quality and features are considered and compared side by side with other models on the market.
While there are a lot of positives about the Orion 8945 SkyQuest XT8, there are also a few drawbacks to the design. While it is a mid-sized telescope, it can be difficult to carry if you plan to hike a considerable distance. It also requires more storage space. Another downside is that the Plossl eyepiece is less than ideal for viewing planets. Furthermore, the basic accessories may not provide all of the items that more experienced users wish to have at their disposal, making it necessary to purchase accessories separately.
With the Orion 8945 SkyQuest XT8 you can easily get a clear view of many distant galaxies and nebulae. The 8″ primary mirror can even pick up fine detail of the surface of the moon. The telescope is very easy to assemble. It can be put together out of the box in just 30 minutes, and the instructions are simple to follow. Another nice feature is the model’s CorrecTension springs, which keep the telescope upright and eliminate shifting when you’re trying to take in the stars. The base is also very sturdy and able to keep the telescope properly balanced.
Overall, the Orion 8945 SkyQuest XT8 Telescope is a good telescope for backyard stargazing and for transporting to areas where you’re going to park your car and walk just a short distance to your vantage point. Its price and easy-to-use design make the model especially appealing for those just getting started with stargazing.